HR departments have been trying to abolish office gossips since the beginning of time but as we can all see, it is an impossible feat to achieve as long as we all remain human.
It can be extremely painful to find out that your colleagues have been gossiping about you. While what they talked about can be something small and harmless, it can also be something that may damage your reputation, or even ruin your career. How then, can we avoid being the talk of the office and the subject of these conversations? Here are 5 tips to keep in mind.
1. Do not share your personal information
We can form meaningful friendships in the office. In fact, I have met a lot of great people whom I became close friends with at work, and going to work becomes a lot less dreadful when you have your work buddies around. Of course, you can share more about yourself with people whom you trust 100%, but avoid oversharing your personal life, or personal information with those that you aren’t that close with because you never know who will use this information against you.
2. Always dress appropriately
People being people, loves to gossip about appearances and even a pimple that popped up on the receptionist’s face can garner their attention. Think about what people will say when you show up for work dressed in clothes fit for partying, or appear at work like you are heading to bed.
Always wear clothes that is appropriate for your workplace. While many offices require business attire, the creative industry can be more relaxed in their dress code. Don’t let your colleagues harp on your appearances to ruin your reputation.
3. Avoid office romance
Imagine having your colleagues witness your lovey dovey moments, lovers’ banter, and disagreements at work. You have just given yourselves a stage and turned into the office’s reality show stars, giving them all the ammunition they need to gossip about you. You don’t want people to say that you are showing favouritism, or bringing personal life into professional decision-makings which can ruin your career. Well, if it is already too late and you both are already a couple, avoid flaunting your relationship and showing PDA at work. Keep it really discreet.
4. Keep calm and don’t lose your temper
We know that things don’t always go your way at work, and there are times when we can’t help it but lose our temper. However, keep in mind that there are people who are enjoying your meltdowns, and they will be spending their day talking about it and judging you regardless of whether you are in the right or wrong.
Talk nicely to the person involved in the matter without yelling or swearing, and act professionally. If you are too upset, take some time to calm down and think through things before approaching your colleague.
5. Earn respect from your colleagues
Hard work and responsibility pay off. If you do a great job and is always punctual for work submissions, there is nothing for your colleagues to gossip about. Go the extra mile in your projects with the team, and always offer a helping hand whenever you can. When you earn the respect of your colleagues, they will be talking about you, but definitely in a positive light.